Healing the Healers is a multimedia video resource collection showcasing intimate peer-to-peer conversations with exceptional faith leaders on issues of crisis and trauma to be used in classrooms curriculums, as congregational tools and for self learning. Each video and accompanying expert guide offers strategies and insight to educate and prepare current and emerging faith leaders in how to address challenging issues in order to:

  • Recover from communal trauma
  • End domestic violence
  • Heal divided communities experiencing extremism and racial injustice
  • Save lives for Youth Mental Health
  • Address pandemic burnout for chaplains

Healing the Healers Series 1: Communal Trauma

Includes five episodes that provide insight and self care strategies for faith leaders navigating mass trauma in their community. Faith leaders featured in the series lived through the Sandy Hook School shooting, 9/11, and chronic gun violence in their city. The series brings their experience directly to you with intimate and life changing discussions on how to continue to lead a community through unthinkable trauma and how to self care so that burnout does not occur.

As the United States faces three major societal crises at once, the Communal Trauma series is a relevant part of emerging leaders education and current leaders supportive resources.

Healing the Healers Series 2: Domestic Violence

Includes four episodes that sensitively navigate the acute issue of domestic violence to encourage and support faith leaders in creating safe and trusted communities for victims and survivors. Featured faith leaders include survivors of domestic violence and leaders who have bravely taken on this challenging issue with those affected and their broader community. The series brings their insights and strategies for care directly for self-learning, or use in your classroom or community.

If you are in danger call 911 or the National DV Hotline 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) TTY 1-800-787-3224

Healing the Healers Series 3: Youth Mental Health

Includes three episodes that explore the urgent need for faith leaders to address the dramatic rise in anxiety, depression and suicide/suicide ideation for youth. The film series focuses on breaking the silence and stigma surrounding youth mental health and addresses issues specific to COVID-19/pandemic, isolation, suicide, trauma, social justice and racial justice movements, and the support needs particular to BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities. Featured faith leaders engage in peer-to-peer conversations about their personal experiences and innovative work in supporting youth, including learned wisdom, solutions engaging technology, brain development science, and increased connectivity and sense of purpose that spiritual and faith communities can provide.

The series and accompanying written resources provide practical tools for faith leaders, chaplains, youth ministry teams and parents, and brings their insights and strategies directly to you for self-learning, or use in your classroom, congregation or community.

If you, a friend, or a loved one is in crisis, or experiencing thoughts of suicide, please text the Crisis Text Line (text HELLO to 741741), or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

If we claim that we have a relationship with God. And abuse people mistreat them. Manipulate them. We have not understood who God is.

—Imam Mohammad Magid, Executive Imam of All Dulles Area Muslim Society and Chairman of International Interfaith Peace Corps

Healing the Healers Special Edition: Town Halls

Building a supportive community online is critically important to emerging and current faith leaders when communities are forced to social distance at a moment when connection is most needed. Town Halls are a vehicle to build connected communities online and provide live, interactive, brave and healing conversations. Topics have included the rising mental health needs of teens and young adults to lessons on preaching during racial injustice to the extremism of this year’s election. Each Town Hall is recorded and a discussion guide compliments each theme.

Healing the Healers Special Edition: Hospital Chaplains on the Frontlines

A free resource for hospital chaplains navigating unimaginable challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. The complementary resource includes three episodes providing critically needed and relevant information for chaplains as they face communal trauma, being family surrogates during the final moments of life and risk to their own health.

The resource highlights learned wisdom, provides practical methods of self-care, draws on helpful theology, gives voice to fears, encourages support, and ultimately, creates a moment of virtual rallying for those who are in the very center of facing this crisis.

Healing the Healers explores the key steps that faith leaders have found essential in their recovery from trauma: acknowledging it, examining the unique symptoms it causes, embracing support from colleagues, family, and trained professionals, and exploring ways to recover and move towards healing.

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